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  WTA Sep Oct 3-11: Beijing                           • entries: Linz-Hong Kong-Tianjin - Moscow-Luxembourg - Singapore WTA Finals - Zhuhai WTA Elite       • 2015 WTA Sched

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n2 Simona Halep ROU
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE
n5 Lucie Safarova CZE
n6 Flavia Pennetta ITA
n7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n8 Garbine Muguruza ESP
n9 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n11 Caroline Wozniacki DEN

#8 Garbine Muguruza
6' 0" 161lb RH 2H-BH

#9 Ana Ivanovic
6' 1" 152lb RH 2H-BH
tennis.quickfound.net tourney page: Beijing with 23 choice photos, 8 quotes...
    On Thursday at Beijing, in the 3rd round of the China Open, the 2014 champion at Tokyo, Birmingham, Auckland & Monterrey (and the 2008 French Open champ), 27 year old 6th seeded #9 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), defeated the 2009 French Open (and 2004 US Open) champion, 30 year old #31 (career high: #2) Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 (photo shown).

    In the China Open quarterfinals on Friday, Ana will play the 2013 Monterrey champion, 24 year old #32 (career high: #13) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Moscow, Russia.

    Ana leads Anastasia 6-1 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was last year on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 1st round at Wuhan, when Anastasia defeated Ana 7-5, 6-5 retired. Ana was unable to continue that day due to a left thigh injury.

    Also on Thursday at Beijing, the 2015 Wimbledon finalist (and the 2014 champion at Hobart, Tasmania), 21 year old 5th seeded #8 (career high: #8) Garbine Muguruza from Barcelona, Spain, defeated a 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist, 33 year old #84 (career high: #32) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia (residence: Sarasota, Florida), 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 (photo shown).

    The win, which came on her 22nd birthday, gave Garbine the points she needed to clinch a place in this year's WTA Finals at Singapore (beginning Oct 25).

    Garbine said: "I was so concentrated during the match. I really had all types of emotions. I wanted to win bad and it was tough. I'm really happy. Was a great gift today!" WTA story

    In the China Open quarterfinals on Friday, Garbi will play the 2011 Hobart finalist, 30 year old qualifier #83 (career high: #30) Bethanie Mattek-Sands from Phoenix, Arizona.

    Garbine and Bethanie have never before met on the field of combat (pro singles).

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s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Beijing, 3rd Rd, Wed-Thu 12:30pm
losers' prize: $54,953 US; points: 120
*n32 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n6 s3 Flavia Pennetta ITA 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Thu
n7 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n17 s14 Madison Keys USA 6-3
    retired—thigh injury Wed
n8 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n84 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 Thu
n9 s6 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n31 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 Thu
*n15 s12 T Bacsinszky SUI d n10 s7 Suarez Navarro ESP 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 Wed
*n13 s10 Angelique Kerber GER d n11 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 6-3 Wed
*n22 Sara Errani ITA d n16 s13 Andrea Petkovic GER 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*n83 q B Mattek-Sands USA d n18 s15 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 Thu
Beijing, QFs, Fri 12:30pm
losers' prize: $114,182 US; points: 215
n7 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL v n13 s10 Angelique Kerber GER cS m2 230pm+
n9 s6 Ana Ivanovic SRB v n32 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS cS m3
n8 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP v n83 q B Mattek-Sands USA cL m4 630pm+
n15 s12 Timea Bacsinszky SUI v n22 Sara Errani ITA cL m1 1230pm
Beijing, SFs, Sat 12:30pm
losers' prize: $237,689 US; points: 390
n7 A Radwanska OR n13 Kerber v n8 Muguruza OR n83 Mattek-Sands
n9 Ivanovic OR n32 Pavlyuchenkova v n15 Bacsinszky OR n22 Errani
Beijing, Final, Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $487,161 US; points: 650
winner's prize: $973,505 US; points: 1000
Beijing, Doubles Final, Saturday
losers' prize: $155,910 US
winners' prize: $311,000 US

Beijing, Withdrawals
n1 Serena Williams USA injuries
n3 Maria Sharapova RUS left forearm injury
n5 Lucie Safarova CZE bacterial infection
n19 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n23 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n28 Sabine Lisicki GER knee injury
n46 Karin Knapp ITA
n104 Shuai Peng CHN

  WTA Oct 12-18: Linz, Hong Kong & Tianjin

Generali Ladies Linz, AUT
INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d indoor: hard
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n11 C Wozniacki, n16 R Vinci
Tianjin Open Tianjin, CHN
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n8 A Radwanska, n9 Ka Pliskova

Hong Kong Open, CHN INTL $250,000
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n5 G Muguruza, n14 V Williams

WTA SCOREBOARD: Linz, Hong Kong & Tianjin

s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Linz, 1st Rd, Mon noon, Tue 11am, Wed 2pm
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n11 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n16 Roberta Vinci ITA
n19 Madison Keys USA
n20 Sara Errani ITA
n27 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK
n31 Camila Giorgi ITA
n32 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS
n34 Barbora Strycova CZE
n37 Madison Brengle USA
n42 Annika Beck GER
n43 Varvara Lepchenko USA
n47 Karin Knapp ITA
n48 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
n50 Julia Goerges GER
n53 Mona Barthel GER
n54 Alison van Uytvanck BEL
n55 Lucie Hradecka CZE
n58 Carina Witthoeft GER
n61 Johanna Larsson SWE
n68 Katerina Siniakova CZE
n72 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n80 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO
n81 Daniela Hantuchova SVK
Linz, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 2pm
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
Linz, QFs, Fri 2pm
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Linz, SFs, Sat 130pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
Linz, Final, Sun 130pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Linz, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Linz, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 12 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points

Linz, Withdrawals
Hong Kong, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 10am
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n5 Garbine Muguruza ESP
n14 Venus Williams USA
n22 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n35 Daria Gavrilova RUS
n38 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n39 Caroline Garcia FRA
n44 Alize Cornet FRA
n45 Zarina Diyas KAZ
n56 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO
n62 Heather Watson GBR
n63 Christina McHale USA
n74 Irina Falconi USA
n82 Lauren Davis USA
n83 Kurumi Nara JPN
n86 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ
n98 Lara Arruabarrena ESP
n100 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS
n106 Monica Puig PUR
n116 Casey Dellacqua AUS
Hong Kong, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
Hong Kong, QFs, Fri 3pm
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Hong Kong, SFs, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
Hong Kong, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Hong Kong, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Hong Kong Qual Finals, Mon Oct 12 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points

Hong Kong, Withdrawals
n30 Sabine Lisicki GER knee injury
n41 CoCo Vandeweghe USA ankle injury
Tianjin, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n8 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n9 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n13 Belinda Bencic SUI
n18 Elina Svitolina UKR
n28 Kristina Mladenovic FRA
n46 Monica Niculescu ROU
n52 Teliana Pereira BRA
n57 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU
n60 Alison Riske USA
n65 Saisai Zheng CHN
n66 Magda Linette POL
n69 Polona Hercog SLO
n73 Timea Babos HUN
n75 Danka Kovinic MNE
n79 Yulia Putintseva RUS
n84 Evgeniya Rodina RUS
n85 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
n88 Urszula Radwanska POL
n92 Bojana Jovanovski SRB
n97 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS
n114 Qiang Wang CHN
n118 Elena Vesnina RUS
n123 Marina Erakovic NZL
Tianjin, 2nd Rd, Wed 11am-Thu noon
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
Tianjin, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Tianjin, SFs, Sat 1130am
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
Tianjin, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Tianjin, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Tianjin, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 12 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points

Tianjin, Withdrawals

  WTA Sep 26-Oct 3: Wuhan & Tashkent


#119 Nao Hibino
?' ?" ?lb RH 2H-BH

#24 Venus Williams
6' 1" 160lb RH 2H-BH

Wuhan Open, Wuhan, Hubei, CHN PREMIER 5 $2,513,000 56m/32q/28d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D - photos: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA

Tashkent Open, UZB INTL $250,000 32m/16q/16d outdoor: hard Plexipave
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | photos: WTA | Uzbekistan News

    On Saturday at Wuhan, China, in the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, the 2015 champ at Auckland, 35 year old #24 (and former #1) Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, defeated the 2015 Wimbledon finalist (and the 2014 champion at Hobart, Tasmania), 21 year old 5th seeded #8 (career high: #8) Garbine Muguruza from Barcelona, Spain, 6-3, 3-0 retired when Garbine could not continue due to a left ankle injury (Venus is shown holding the hardware after the match). Venus's prize is $456,000; Garbine's prize is $227,700.

    On Saturday in Uzbekistan, in the final of the Tashkent Open, 20 year old #119 (career high: #117) Nao Hibino of Japan defeated the 2014 champion at Kuala Lumpur, 19 year old #131 (career high: #62) Donna Vekic of Croatia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-2, 6-2 (photo shown). Nao's prize is $43,000; Donna's prize is $21,400.

tennis.quickfound.net tourney page: Wuhan & Tashkent with 32 choice photos, 15 quotes...

  WTA Sep 21-27: Tokyo, Guangzhou & Seoul


#14 Agnieszka Radwanska
5'7" 139lb RH 2H-BH

#25 Jelena Jankovic
5'9½" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, JPN PREMIER 700 $1,000,000 28m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | photos: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA

Guangzhou Open, CHN INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: hard Deco-Turf
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D

Korea Open, Seoul, KOR INTL $500,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard Deco-Turf
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D

    On Sunday at Tokyo, in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, the 2011 Pan Pacific Open champion, 26 year old 7th seeded #14 (career high: #2) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, won again, by defeating the 2015 champion at Toronto & Eastbourne, 18 year old 8th seeded #15 (career high: #15) Belinda Bencic from Flawil, Switzerland, 6-2, 6-2 (photo shown). Agnieszka's prize is $195,092; Belinda's prize is $104,470.

    On Sunday at Seoul,, in the final of the Korean Open, the 2014 Moscow finalist (and 2012 champion at Tashkent), 25 year old top seeded #30 (career high #28) Irina-Camelia Begu from Bucharest, Romania, defeated 21 year old qualifier #137 (career high #136) Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Minsk, Belarus, 6-3, 6-1. Irina's prize is $111,389; Aliaksandra's prize is $55,435.

    On Saturday at Guangzhou, China, in the final of the Guangzhou Open, the 2015 Indian Wells finalist, 30 year old 4th seeded #25 (and former #1) Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates), defeated 22 year old #73 (career high: #73) Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-0 (photo shown). Jelena's prize is $43,000; Denisa's prize is $21,400.

  WTA November 14-15 2015 Fed Cup Final

    Czech Republic will host Russia for the Fed Cup final, November 14-15. The Czechs won the Fed Cup three of the last four years; Russia last won the title in 2008.

2016 Fed Cup World Group: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Swiss, Romania, Netherlands.
2016 Fed Cup World Group II: USA, Serbia, Poland, Canada, Spain, Belarus, Slovakia, Australia.

  WTA Aug 31-Sep 14: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#47 Roberta Vinci
5' 4" 132lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#26 Flavia Pennetta
5'7¾" 128lb RH 2H-BH

US Open Flushing Meadows, NY Grand Slam $42,253,400 128 players
Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - singles - D Men: Q - singles - D
pics: T.com - Y!: images - news - sports ESPN - CBS - WTA | Video: highlights

    On Saturday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2015 US Open, the 2014 champion at Indian Wells (and a 2013 US Open semifinalist), 33 year old 26th seeded #26 (career high: #10) Flavia Pennetta of Italy (residence: Verbier, Switzerland), defeated the 2013 Katowice and Palermo champion, 32 year old #47 (career high: #13) Roberta Vinci from Taranto, Italy, 7-6(4), 6-2 (Roberta is shown during the match, Flavia is shown holding the hardware afterward). Flavia's prize is $3,300,000; Roberta's prize is $1,600,000.

  WTA June 29-July 12: Wimbledon


#20 Garbine Muguruza
6' 0" 161lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam Prize$: £26,750,000 - outdoor: grass
draws: W sing, pdf - mix doub women's: q - singles - d men's: q - singles - d

    On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2002, '03, '09 '10 & '12 Wimbledon champion (and 2015 Australian Open & French Open champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Wimbledon title by defeating the 2014 champion at Hobart, Tasmania, 21 year old 20th seeded #20 (career high: #20) Garbine Muguruza from Barcelona, Spain, 6-4, 6-4 (Garbi is shown during the match, Serena is shown holding the "Venus Rosewater Dish" afterward). Serena's prize is £1,880,000 ($2,077,757 US); Garbine's prize is £940,000 ($1,038,878 US).

  WTA: May 24-Jun 8 French Open

Roland Garros:

#13 Lucie Safarova
5'9" 137lb LH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros Grand Slam Prize$: €12,864,000 | 128 players - outdoor: red clay
matches: Live Scores - OOP - results draws: W sing, pdf - mix doub
women's: qualif. - singles - doub men's: qualif. - singles - doub

    On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2015 French Open, the 2013 & 2002 RG champion (and 2015 Australian Open & Miami champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2015 champion at Doha, 28 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #11) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-2 (Lucie is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is €1,800,000 (about $2,031,383 US); Lucie's prize is €900,000 (about $1,015,691 US).

  WTA Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open


#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard AUD$40,000,000
draws: WS, .pdf - XD women's: Q - S - D men's: Q - S - D

    On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2015 Australian Open, the 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 AO champion (and 2014 champ at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Australian Open title by defeating the 2008 AO champ & 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), 6-3, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is AUD$3,100,000 (about $2,425,900 US); Maria's prize is AUD$1,550,000 (about $1,212,900 US).

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    (September 22, 2015) WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster announced that she would resign from her position as of October 2, to spend more time with her family.

    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.
    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

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      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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